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Moon over Soho

Rivers of London, Book 2
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4.5 out of 5 stars (2 notations)
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Humour and mystery are an unlikely coupling, but in Moon over Soho, book 2 of the Sunday Times best-selling PC Peter Grant series, written by talented author Ben Aaronovitch, fans are brought to tears with the hilarious endeavors of PC Peter Grant - Police Constable and wizard apprentice. This is a modern detective audiobook unlike any other and brilliantly narrated by English actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. PC Grant has embarked on a thrilling battle against the monsters and supernatural dangers that lurk in the shadows around London. Available now from Audible.

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I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first. 

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Audio

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Global

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Readalot
  • 13/12/2011

Even Better Than the First One

I enjoyed this even more than the first in the series, and now I'm hanging out for Book 3. I found the action a little easier to follow (maybe that's because I have got a bit better control over my iPod now... though I can't make it stop replaying the last half hour of any session whenever I switch it on!) and a lot of things from Book One suddenly made sense. Peter is an interesting character with a good deal of tolerance for the "different", though not a lot for the "ethically challenged". Back story for Nightingale, Molly and Richard "Lord" Grant slides seamlessly into the current action. Excellent work, Messers Aaronovitch and Holdbrook-Smith.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • lynn
  • 21/07/2012

Pure Imaginative Brilliance

I came across this book/series by accident but it is a terrific listen. such wonderful imagination combining the geography of London, the mundane details of police procedure and magic. The book moves between humour, tragedy and compassion so one has little idea what is coming next. The narrator is pitch perfect accents are spot on and makes the street references of modern London speech that much more pertinent. Enthralling, looking forward to the next book and I have yet to finish this current book.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • chris
  • 25/09/2011

Stellar performance of an enthralling book

Both this and the previous effort by Ben Aaronovitch were excellent fun books to read but were made even better by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narrations.
He does multiple characterisations effortlessly without sounding corny and this adds to a sense of involvement in the story which with Aaronovitch's descriptions, make you feel you are watching rather than listening.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • LINZI
  • 27/11/2018

Slow start to a good story.

I struggled to get into this one initially but it was good once I got into it.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mikkel
  • 28/09/2018

Better and better.

Again a very good book.
Ans with a deeper connection to the character this book is just a bit better than the former.
Looking forward to see where they will go.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim
  • 08/01/2018

Love this series.

The narrator is superb and the characters vivid and likable. Great series!, F@%k me you can do magic indeed!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alison
  • 28/03/2017

excellent

the voice characterisation is superb and compliments the humour, and quick wit woven through out the story... love the concept of the return of magic... I totally recommend

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/06/2015

Good story and performance

Started reading the Peter Grant aeries and pleasantly surprised to find an Audio book!

it is really an entertaining ride!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • 14/05/2015

awesome series highly recommend.

this is an amazing book. and brilliantly performed by Kobna I cannot wait for the rest of the series each book opens up so many questions that I need answered.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sandrine
  • 10/04/2013

All that Jazz with magical whipped cream

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Aaronovitch before, how does this one compare?

I've thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and couldn't wait for the follow-up. It was a fun listen and I really loved the jazzy parts of it. The humor I so loved in the first book was still there but a bit dampened. The love scenes were sizzling and sassy, who would not like to spent an afternoon rolling in the hay with Peter Grant?

Was Moon Over Soho worth the listening time?

Yes, it was

Any additional comments?

Now I'm going to listen to the third one, hope it meets my expectations!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • papercuts1
  • 20/03/2013

Skurril und grandios gelesen!

Fazit:

Teil 2 der Serie um Peter Grant, Constable und Zauberlehrling, macht genau so weiter, wie Teil 1 aufgehört hat: Mit denkwürdigen Figuren, bizarren Kriminalfällen, Sprachwitz und furios-düsterer Magie. Ben Aaronovitch verbeugt sich vor einem urbanen, dennoch von der Vergangenheit durchtränkten London und benutzt die Stadt als Parcours für moderne Geisterjäger.

In MOON OVER SOHO lernen wir die Figuren aus Teil 1 besser kennen, was der Serie gut tut. Und auch wenn es stellenweise wieder zu verwirrend wird, zu viele Personen vorkommen und nicht alles immer ganz nachvollziehbar wirkt, tut das dem Spaß an der Sache keinen Abbruch. Dafür sorgen auch die vielen Harry Potter- und Herr der Ringe-Anspielungen, die sich durch die Geschichte ziehen.

In Sachen Spannung und Plot mit leichten Verbesserungen, ist die Hauptsache an MOON OVER SOHO neben den Charakteren immer noch die ganze Idee, der verrückte Genre-Mix. Für Leser/Hörer ohne Berührungsängste mit dem Skurrilen ein Riesenspaß mit herrlich dunklen Untertönen.

Zum Sprecher:

Wieder legt Kobna Holdbrook-Smith sich mit Verve ins Zeug und macht das Hörbuch in der englischen Version zum königlichen Vergnügen. Stimmenvielfalt ist ein Kinderspiel, Akkzente sitzen, und er behält den lakonischen Tonfall des Ich-Erzählers Peter Grant bei, den wir schon aus RIVERS OF LONDON kennen. Bei aller britischen Beherrschtheit des Constable zaubert Holdbrook-Smith aber auch ein paar Emotionen unter die coole Schale des Peter Grant.

Dieses britische Understatement schüttelt Holdbrook-Smith allerdings mühelos ab, wenn es um verführerische Vamps geht, erzürnte nigerianische Mütter und die hoheitsvollen Gottheiten der Themse, welche uns auch in Teil 2 wieder die Ehre erweisen. Das ist farbenfroh und pures Entertainment.

Richtig gut gefällt mir nach wie vor die elegant-mysteriöse Aura von Thomas Nighingale, die Holdbrook-Smith mit seinem tadellosen RP perfekt unterstreicht. Genauso würde England's letzter zertifizierter Zauberer sprechen. Kußhand!

So sehr ich suche, ich finde hier nichts, aber auch GAR NICHTS zu kritisieren. Eine großartige Sprecherleistung. Ein Sahneteilchen. Grandios!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jakob
  • 01/04/2016

Strong sequel

I love the way the author expanded on the world and set up the larger arcs of conflict and character development. Add the city of London's continuing presence as a character plus some wizard bad-assery and you have a thoroughly enjoyable story.

The performance with wry humor and many mostly authentic accents adds extra personality and becomes inextricably linked with the characters and story.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • elarothfertig
  • 09/07/2015

grand!

great story, great performance. funny, exiting and a bit sexy. This is fabulous entertainment. :)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Helga
  • 27/11/2018

Zieht sich etwas in die Länge

Ich finde die Bücher gut, ziehen sich aber stellenweise sehr in die Länge, dass man die Story fast aus den Augen verliert. Trotzdem kann ich sie empfehlen, da die Geschichten wirklich gut sind.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • M. Keller
  • 26/10/2015

meine ersten Hörbücher konnten kaum besser sein

mit dieser geschichte im ohr könnte die zugfahrt jedesmal ruhig länger andauern! Bin sehr begeistert von der story als auch vom Leser. und das englisch ist auch für nicht-muttersprachler gut verständlich.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Walter
  • 15/03/2014

Mehr Magie - Einfach Zauberhaft

Die Fortsetzung des genialen Buches "Revers of London" hält das Niveau. Das familiäre und magische Umfeld des Peter Grant wird spannend, humorvoll und schrecklich erweitert. Jazz-Vampire sind da noch die harmlosesten Halbwesen, denen er in Soho begegnet...

Wieder ist die Stimme von Kobra Holdbrook-Smith fast unbeschreiblich gut. Dieses Buch hatte ich zuerst als Kindle gelesen - und war schon begeistert - aber DIE Performance! Einfach Zauberhaft.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • A. T.
  • 11/03/2019

Excellent second episode

Lively narration takes you deeper into the magical underground. Characters develop on from the first installment and leaves you curious for the next. Well worth a listen.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Maryam Lankarany
  • 10/11/2018

I love this Reader

The Story is as interesting and funny as the first one, but what I enjoy most is the narrating style. Cool and suiting perfectly the mood of the story's different lines.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03/09/2018

Incredibly! Now I'm hooked on jazz

Had to find all songs mentioned and keep them on repeat ever since.
During first reading the series myself and later hearing it on audible I had the songs playing in the background. Every time I hear "body and soul" now I thing about "moon over soho" and "the rivers of London" series in general.
Incredibly book. Can't wait till Peter Grant stumbles into his next adventure

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • C. Goetz
  • 28/09/2017

The Magical Capital

Genialer Sprecher und Magie für Erwachsene. Die perfekte Kombination einer magischen Parallelwelt und einem packenden Krimi